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DLC103--Construction Blueprint Reading (Winter Term)

by Construction Experts, Inc.

January 17 - March 28, 2022
3.0 CEU / 30 PDH

Member $550 / Non-member $650

The course will start on the date stipulated. Once your registration is received, the instructor will be notified of your enrollment within one business day. Your textbook will be mailed to you, and by the time you receive it, you should receive login instructions by email from the instructor.

  • For US addresses, shipping will be by USPS and will take three to five days for delivery.
  • For Canadian and international addresses, shipping will also be by USPS but can take much longer. Tracking will be available.
The reading of construction blueprints is a foundational skill in construction. All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not terribly difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints.

This course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this class you should:
  1. Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects.
  2. Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals.
  3. Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  4. Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the job site.
  5. Be able to identify elementary problems or short comings of the blueprints you are using.

Class Organization
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.

Module Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. The design process and blueprints 25 1
2. Scales, Lines, and Symbols 25 2
3. Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details 25 3
4. Civil Drawings 25 4
5. Foundations 25 5
6. The superstructure 25 6
7. Exterior closure and finishes 25 7
8. Interior finishes 25 8
9. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing 25 9
10. The problems with blueprints & Project 25 10
Total Points 250
It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Saturday of each week. Class work must be completed by the following Saturday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance. Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.

Student Learning Assessment
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in two class discussions. Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points. You can take quizzes twice and use the highest score achieved as your final quiz grade.

Class discussions are a very important part of this course. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand. For that reason, the instructor considers the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Withdrawals and Refunds
You may withdraw from this course by sending an email to
requesting to be dropped from the course. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule.

Refund Schedule
  • Withdrawal received before the first day of class – total fee less a $125 cancellation fee.
  • Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.
  • Decision on withdrawals and refunds will be based on the date when the written withdrawal notice is received by AACE International.